NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Sunday 5/19/19
If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge.
We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's one-game slate, which follows a different format than typical NBA contests on FanDuel. Your lineup consists of five position-less slots, with one designated "MVP" having their fantasy score multiplied by 2.0, a "STAR" multiplied by 1.5 and a "PRO" multiplied by 1.2, as well as two utility slots receiving their usual points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ($18,000)
Giannis has been far and away the best player on the court so far this series, and he has a DFS ceiling that cannot be matched by anyone on either team. In fact, another player a lot of people might select in their MVP spot is Kawhi Leonard, but he has been outscored by Giannis by roughly 25.0 FanDuel combined points over the first two games. Giannis has racked up 31 rebounds and 8 combined blocks and steals through Games 1 and 2. His length and athleticism is giving Toronto all sorts of problems in the paint. There's not too much of a need to get cute and put Giannis anywhere other than your MVP spot.
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